Liberal Government must provide Adelaide 500 certainty

The Marshall Liberal Government must provide certainty of the long-term future of Superloop Adelaide 500, after The Bend was yesterday stripped of an important 2020 Supercar race.

The Bend Motorsport Park, at Tailem Bend, was originally anticipated to host the opening race on a revised 2020 Supercars schedule. However, the race was taken from the State.

The withdrawal of Holden from the event and major sponsor Virgin Australia going into voluntary administration has caused concerns for the future of Supercar racing in South Australia.

The contract for Adelaide-based race, the Superloop Adelaide 500, will expire after next year’s race in 2021.

Labor is calling for a swift conclusion to Superloop race negotiations, to ensure the longevity of the important tourism drawcard. Motorsport fans want to know whether SA will retain its status as hosting the first race of the season after 2021.

The Bend Motorsport Park was recently awarded the Motorsport Facility of the Year and has been a regional tourism boon. Last year, the facility saw attendance figures of approximately 35,000 people.

Quotes attributable to Shadow Tourism Minister Zoe Bettison

Supercars’ decision to snub SA is devastating news for Tailem Bend and the Murray River, Lakes and Coorong region.

If we are so easily dismissed by Supercars, what does that mean for the future of the Superloop 500?

The Marshall Liberal Government needs to secure the future of both Supercars events in SA. Otherwise this will just be another devasting blow to the visitor economy.